Problems with Biblical Sin and Redemption

The following questions are provided as a challenge to the Biblical notions of sin and redemption. Feel free to comment.

1. What is it that prevents a loving God from forgiving without bloodshed? (Hebrews 9:22) If you became more God-like, would you also have difficulty forgiving without bloodshed?

2. Is punishing children for the sins of their father ever just? (Numbers 14:18) If a human judge were to punish the sins of a father by punishing his children and grandchildren, is there anyway that could be considered just?

3. How is it just for someone to pay for the sins of someone else? If a judicial system allowed this, would it be just?

4. If Jesus became human to “become sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21) to pay the human price for sin, how could he be resurrected since humans presumably have not paid for their sins after 3 days of death? Is the price of sin eternal damnation or a 3-day damnation?

5. Since Jesus was one man, how was it possible he could pay for everyone’s sins? Could one innocent child somehow pay the penalty for 1,000 criminals?

6. Why is eternal death called “punishment” when any loving being punishes only to rehabilitate those he loves?

7. Is there anyway a human born with a sin nature can avoid sinning? If not, how can sinning be culpable? Do we punish puppies born with a “bark nature” for barking by eternally damning them?

The following chart shows how Evangelical apologetics is becoming less and less about the “Gospel”, and more about a deistic position or simply critiquing other ideologies.

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4 thoughts on “Problems with Biblical Sin and Redemption

  1. Giovanni Gallo says:

    Hey pal. I saw you on another blog and said I’d contact you here. If you can see the email associated with this post, email me and we can chat.

  2. jealbr75 says:

    First off I digress to say you actually deconverted from Christianity as one cannot turn away from something they never actually possessed. God chooses us and then we either accept or we don’t. That means he the only one who could unchoose us and he won’t.

    Second:

    1. He shed his own blood so no one would perish. We either choose to accept this gift or not.

    2. Sin is like a virus that infects everything it comes in contact with. No child is punished for the sins of another unless they too participate in it.

    3. It happens every day:

    A family man has an affair, gets caught, the family splits. The wife & kids feel the consequences of his choice.

    A murderer kills another loved one, they suffer the consequence of that loss.

    Sin is like dropping a rock in water, it ripples outward.

    4. Jesus is God in the flesh. Prophecy had to be fulfilled.

    5. Jesus is God in the flesh.

    6. Why do we impose life sentences, or the death penalty? Because some cannot be rehabilitated and as such serve as a warning for others.

    7. If we could avoid sin, we wouldn’t need God. We could simply earn our way.

    What parent teaches their child to lie, hit, or worse? Most don’t but yet the child still does it.

    God has presented us with a gift, it’s up to us to either accept or decline.

    • Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, it represents the unfocused response of most Christians who really don’t understand the questions and their implications.

      You start by telling me I was never a Christian. When I was a child of 7 begging Jesus every night to save me, I was assured by Christians that I was indeed a Christian. Now I am being assured by the same type of Christians that I never was a Christian.

      I will address your comments after each of your points.

      //1. He shed his own blood so no one would perish. We either choose to accept this gift or not.//
      – The question was actually about why God can’t simply forgive without bloodshed.

      //2. Sin is like a virus that infects everything it comes in contact with. No child is punished for the sins of another unless they too participate in it.//
      – You did not read Numbers 14:18. Children are, in fact, punished for the sins of their fathers.

      //3. It happens every day: A family man has an affair, gets caught, the family splits. The wife & kids feel the consequences of his choice. A murderer kills another loved one, they suffer the consequence of that loss. Sin is like dropping a rock in water, it ripples outward.//
      – Simply imagine a judge claiming to be just, and throwing a child of a criminal in prison.

      //4. Jesus is God in the flesh. Prophecy had to be fulfilled.//
      – You ignored the question. Can 3 ever equal infinity. Three days is not eternity.

      //5. Jesus is God in the flesh.//
      – You again ignored the question. How could an innocent child pay for the crimes of 1,000 criminals?

      //6. Why do we impose life sentences, or the death penalty? Because some cannot be rehabilitated and as such serve as a warning for others.//
      – Others never actually see your punishment.

      //7. If we could avoid sin, we wouldn’t need God. We could simply earn our way.//
      – Puppies can’t avoid barking. Does that mean they need a master to punish them when they bark? We are born with a sin nature we did not ask for, nor can avoid. There is no culpability in this.

      Your answer reflect the common responses of most Christians who actually do not reflect on the implications of their absurd beliefs.

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